area could be more of a cruising "gem"?
Sparkling world-famous Gulf waters, glistening
first-class resorts, quiet reflective anchorages,
and enchanting strands of islands are just
some of the "jewels" to be found
on Florida's southwest coast. The sugar-sand
beaches, superb shelling and spectacular sunsets
beckon one and all to a long and leisurely
cruise along Florida's "casual coast".
Come and discover the hidden "treasure"
awaiting you in this tropical paradise. Come
and cruise with us Southwest Florida
owners of a charter company for nearly 20
years, we have often told our charter customers,
"you can cruise with us time after time
and never cross your own wake!". Fort
Myers is located 150 miles south of Tampa
on Florida's west coast. From the cruising
yachtsman's perspective, few areas in the
world offer the quality and variety of cruising
options as Southwest Florida. Florida's "West
Coast", from a cruising perspective is
the 220 mile stretch from Flamingo, at the
state's southern tip and in the heart of the
Everglades, north to the
bustling metropolis of Tampa. And Fort Myers
is ideally located in the heart of the islands
and inlets which encompass Southwest Florida.
From our backyard barrier islands of Sanibel
and Captiva, south to the quiet solitude of
the Everglades and the "10,000 islands",
north to the cultural center of Sarasota and
the commercial port of Tampa Bay, or east
through the sawgrasses and citrus groves of
the Okeechobee Waterway which winds through
Florida's heartland, Fort Myers is located
at the area's cruising epicenter. From here,
the Florida Keys lie 120 miles to the south,
the Okeechobee Waterway extends 120 miles
to Stuart on Florida's east coast, and Tampa
Bay sits to our north yes, 120 miles away!
What could be a better place than Fort Myers
to begin your cruise through Paradise.
by CRUISING WORLD Magazine as the number one
chartering destination in the U.S., and number
three in the world, Southwest Florida is truly
at the "hub" of the wheel of Southern
cruising. Whether you prefer the "Ritz"
or the remote, dining ashore or afloat, shelling
sightseeing, we have it all Now let's take
an armchair cruise through beautiful Southwest
Florida. Welcome aboard!
Myers sprawls along the banks of the Caloosahatchee
( meaning "river of the Calusa"
Indians), twelve miles upriver from the Gulf
of Mexico. The River is part of the Okeechobee
Waterway, which begins at Stuart, on Florida's
east coast. The estates of both Thomas Edison
and Henry Ford in downtown Fort Myers are
just two of the shoreside attractions for
the cruising tourist. Beautiful riverfront
homes and a variety of marina facilities,
including the City Yacht Basin, make a cruise
up the River quite relaxing, with both interesting
and convenient stops along the way. If you
are lucky, you might even have a pair of "wake-dancing"
dolphins escort you on this delightful sojourn.
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